IFLA Library Map of the World

IFLA Library Map of the Word

Interactive Data Mapping 

Libraries are leading promoters and providers of free access to all types of information to all citizens. To show the potential of the global library field, the Library Map of the World features all types of libraries, including national, academic, public, community, school, and special libraries. The initial set of performance metrics include number of libraries, number of libraries providing internet access, number of staff and volunteers, number of registered users and visitors, and number of loans. 

Community Attributes Inc., built a custom data-mapping interface and dashboard web site to track, display, and compare these performance metrics across the member countries. In addition to tracking indicators across 135 countries, CAI’s added a storytelling component to allow users to contribute stories about how libraries advance UNDP Sustainable Development Goals to frame the important work of library systems within the context of a globally recognized impact framework. 


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